A report revealed that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had just added its first new cast member, with French actress Pom Klementieff coming aboard. No details were given for the actress’ character at the time, but it was revealed that the studio was specifically testing Asian actresses for the mystery role. Yesterday, we had a new report from Deadline that claims she is playing the Marvel Comics character Mantis. But that has not been confirmed.
Created by Steve Englehart and Don Heck, Mantis made her first appearance in 1973’s Avengers #112, but her story turned out to be even bigger than the Marvel Universe itself!
As a girl, Mantis (who tends to refer to herself as “This One”) was raised under the tutelage of Kree priests, who believed that one day she would give birth to the “Celestial Messiah,” the single most important being in the entire universe. Exceptionally skilled in martial arts, Mantis was also give telepathic powers by the Kree. When she turned 18, however, Mantis was encouraged to experience a regular human existence. Her memory was wiped and she was sent to Earth where she later met the Avengers and even, for a time, joined their ranks.
Part of what is particularly fascinating about Mantis is that Englehart continued the character’s story throughout the multiverse. Under the moniker of Willow, Mantis actually appeared in the Distinguished Competition‘s Justice League of America #142 in 1977!
“This one has come from a place she must not name,” she tells the Justice League in the issue, “to reach a place no man must know.”
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 cast will once again feature Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper as unlikely heroes who must team up in order to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions.
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